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You Are Perfect To Someone

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I recently received a message from an anonymous young woman who told me about the girl for whom her boyfriend had recently left her. She described her in such loving, impressed terms (and admitted to regularly, masochistically Facebook stalking her), and it couldn’t help but come across as heavily self-deprecating. “This new girl was perfect… in all the ways I’m not.” I’ve heard many stories like this, and have lived it myself on many occasions. We all know the person — a crush, the new significant other of an ex, a friend — who represents all of the things we want to have for ourselves but are certain we won’t ever really attain. To them, to this perfect person, the whole world seems to be just that much easier. Their facility with style, with socializing, with their professional life — it all becomes the perfect metric against which to…

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